Mini Budget in Manhattan: an Experiment in Eating on $50/mo.
Organized by: Jinna Wang
We are East Coast and West Coast, and together, we run the recipe development blog Bicoastal Cooks.
We are cooks who are not only passionate about the inspiration, creation, and taste of food, but also about the impact that food makes on families and communities. Food waste and food insecurity are two issues that are specifically important to us. In the past, we have developed recipes that utilize typically wasted foodstuffs. But now, inspired by the SNAP challenge and the One Dollar Diet Project, we decided to start our own food challenge:
For the month of September, East Coast will live in Manhattan on a $50 budget for food (that's $1.67 per day!), with the additional challenges of creating three meals a day, adding in variety, and saving time. Manhattan is consistently ranked as the most expensive city to live in in America. If I can make our tiny budget work here, there is a high likelihood that people elsewhere can follow my recipes while sticking to their budget. You can follow our challenge along HERE.
If you think what we are doing is interesting, provocative, or just plain crazy, please consider sponsoring our efforts. At the end of the month, we will donate all proceeds to Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, a a non-profit food rescue organization based in New York City that provides solutions to prevent excess wholesome cuisine from being wasted. We will be posting evidence of donation after the end of the month.
Jinna (East Coast) and Varud (West Coast)
Some facts on Food Waste and Food Insecurity:
14.5% of households were food insecure in 2012, meaning 49 million Americans were hungry or at risk for hunger.
40% of food produced in the US is wasted.
Food is the #1 material sent to landfills.